Will Oracle End Up With a Piece of Android?
Will Oracle End Up With a Piece of Android?"The real question is: Does Oracle get a piece of Android, or not?" Tyler Ochoa, a copyright professor at Santa Clara Law in Silicon Valley, told Reuters. "The money is so large we can see why they are willing to spend a lot of money fighting over it." The Java programming language itself, used to connect and activate various applications and devices over the Internet, was released to the open-source community back in 2006 by its creator, Sun Microsystems, and is free of charge but governed by the GNU Public License. However, Oracle claims the application programming interfaces used to develop and connect Java software applications to other systems have been its own since Jan. 27, 2010--the day Oracle acquired Sun in a $7.4 billion deal. Oracle: Lots of Legal Business to Handle Oracle's lawyers will be busy this year in court. The case is the first of four big tech trials involving Oracle scheduled for the next few months. Three are to take place in Northern California and one in Nevada. The others include one scheduled for the end of May against Hewlett-Packard over the Itanium microprocessor, a retrial against SAP AG in June over alleged copyright infringement, and another copyright case against smaller competitor Rimini Street expected later in the year. Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz
Oracle's legal strategy could pay off big time if it wins damages in this trial, because the Android device market is growing fast and is hugely profitable.